PRESENTS

YELLOW

Director's Note

Welcome dear friends of ALMA NYC to Yellow. It is with a sincerely grateful heart that I thank you for coming to today's performance. I have served as the Founding Artistic Director at ALMA NYC over the past 8 years and it continues to be a gift to create programming and artistic work serves the communities we live in and beyond. 

 

Yellow is a piece exploring the parallels in fragility between the human spirit and the natural world through storytelling and environmentally informed movement. We have been creating to the music of Cosmo Sheldrake whose work is created through play, nonsense, and the sonorous environment, ________. Working with both full orchestrations that mirror thriving ecosystems in tandem with delicate and quiet sounds that represent unsupported spaces have informed our movement development throughout. This alone has offered a wealth of inspiration as we dove into our complexities as humans, our diverse journey in pursuit, and our dig for joy. 

 

It has been a true pleasure to have had a playground of incredible dancers and music to explore and create with for the first development of this story. As a company we run an incredibly collaborative rehearsal where our dancers are co-creators in all that we do, this cast in particular has been nothing short of extraordinary. All glory to them. 

 

A special thanks goes out to our Board of Directors, Our Executive Director Josh Phan-Gruer, Director of Community Engagement Alex Bacaroni, and Company Manager Meghan Wasserman, to the company dancers, the Cosmo Sheldrake estate, Mary Sorich, Gus Callahan, Melodye Redding, Ashley Talluto, and my incredible associate Julia Kane. On a special note a hearty thank you extends to my family and incredibly patient and supportive husband to whom I bring the work home to each night after leaving the studio to unpack. Thank you, thank you, thank you. 

 

On a final note, many of you will know that ALMA is translated to: ‘Soul, Spirit, Heart’ linguistically, it translates to our company as follows: The soul of this company are the dancers, the spirit of this company is the movement, and the heart is how we share the art. Thank you for being at the heart of our performance today. 

 

In all things joy, 

Zanza Steinberg

MOVEMENTS

Welcome

Full Company

Wriggle

Soloist: Julia Neveu

Monica Boyle, Davonna Batt, Justin Campbell, Nicole Davis, Joseph Fierberg, Alex Llorca, Kaitlin Niewoehner

Illustrious Hive

Soloist: Nicole Davis

Female Ensemble

White Cap

Davonna Batt, Nicole Davis, Kaitlin Niewoehner 

Joy Dig

Davonna Batt

Pliocene

Soloist: Jessica Broomhead

Ensemble

The Pursuit

Full Company

Joy

Davonna Batt

A Cuckoo Ballet

Monica Boyle, Alex Llorca, Julia Neveu, Hannah Russell

Solar Waltz

Davonna Batt, Nicole Davis, Abbey Hunt, Diane Meck, Kaitlin Niewoehner

Bottom of the Boat

Jessica Broomhead, Justin Campbell, Nicole Davis, Abbey Hunt, Alex Llorca, Diane Meck 

Happiness Isn't a Hat

Davonna Batt

Dawn Chorus

Duet: Joseph Fierberg and Julia Neveu 

Monica Boyle, Justin Campbell, Alex Llorca, Diane Meck, Kaitlin Niewoehner

Finale

Full Company

CAST

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Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, Davonna fell in love with dance by the time she was walking. She now holds a B.F.A. in Dance from the University of Arizona with Honors, Summa Cum Laude, and has studied under many exceptional artists. She moved to NYC in 2014, and both performs and teaches dance throughout the city. Davonna has been with ALMA NYC for 4 years, and is absolutely thrilled to be part of ‘Yellow’!

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Davonna Batt

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Jessica Broomhead just celebrated her first year anniversary of living in NYC, and she is thrilled to be hitting the stage with ALMA NYC in YELLOW. She has performed worldwide with show such as Véronic Dicaire Tour (Dance Captain), Jubilee! Las Vegas, and Royal Caribbean Cruises. In addition to dancing her way around the city, Jessica judges for Platinum National Dance Competition, runs her own Real Estate business, & is training for the NYC Half Marathon. “Thanks to my biggest fan (Mark) & to my ALMA family for welcoming me with open hearts!” 

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Jessica Broomhead

Nicole Davis joined ALMA in September of 2019. Originally from Toronto, Canada, Nicole moved to New York City to study her BFA in Dance at Marymount Manhattan College. Nicole has had the pleasure of performing for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, Walt Disney World, TEDx, Miss Universe Canada and the Mississauga Arts Awards. Nicole is currently a freelance artist in New York and Toronto, and continues to navigate within the arts community with love, passion and perseverance. 

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Nicole Davis

Abbey is thrilled to be making her ALMA NYC Debut in Yellow! Select theatre credits: Five-year Actor in Residence at the Barter Theatre, West
Side Story (Barrington Stage), Promises, Promises (Stages St. Louis), Mack & Mabel (Surflight), Hairspray (Little Theatre on the Square). Assistant Director/Choreographer: My Fair Lady, Music Man (UIA Presents) Training: Millikin University. Huge thanks to Z and her ALMA family!

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Abbey Hunt

Courtney Murray is originally from Colorado, where she went to school and danced professionally. After moving to NYC, Courtney became the executive director of Borne Dance Company and has danced with Guilty Pleasures Cabaret and Atomic Entertainment. Recently, she was featured in Heather Mae’s “Be not Afraid” music video and “Drop the Beat”, a new dance movie. Courtney is honored to be dancing with ALMA NYC and being a part of their family. 

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Courtney Murray

Kaitlin is honored to continue dancing with ALMA NYC after a enriching 7 years with the company as a dancer, singer, associate, and more. International Theater: West Side Story Stage Around Tokyo (Graziella), AMTDC Beijing. National tours: Beauty and the Beast (Silly Girl), Memphis (Teenage girl), A Chorus Line (swing). Endless gratitude to Zanza for her beautiful creativity and support. Thanks to my love Alex, my family, and Carrie. 

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Kaitlin Niewoehner

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Hannah Russell is a versatile performer from Sydney, Australia. Training includes Ev and Bow's classical/contemporary full time dance course (Sydney), Broadway Dance Center’s ISVP program. She holds a Bachelor of Music/Arts Management from the Australian Institute of Music. Credits include Show host/MC and dancer for Nickelodeon Live, ABC Kids, Dreamworks, Warner Brothers. ‘Pantherette’ National Rugby League Australia,NYC: Buglisi Dance Theater’s ‘Table of Silence’, The Julia Kane Dance Collective and ALMA NYC company Dancer.

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Hannah Russell

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Monica received a BFA in Dance from Northern Illinois University and has been pursuing dance in NYC for 7 years. Some highlights over the years have been dancing for Hannibal Burgess’s comedy set, Nadine Bommer Dance Company, Royal Caribbean Cruises and of course ALMA NYC. Monica started dancing with ALMA in their 2016 show of Homage. ALMA is community. ALMA is a safe house. ALMA feeds her soul. 

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Monica Boyle

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Justin is delighted to be a part of Yellow! Credits include Homage (ALMA NYC), A Christmas Carol, Cinderella, All Shook Up & 9 to 5 (Arrow Rock Lyceum Theatre), Semele, Carmen & We Shall Not Be Moved (Opera Philadelphia), The Snowy Day and Other Stories (St. Luke’s Theatre: Off-Broadway), Beauty and the Beast and Chicago (TBTS), Peter Pan and Sister Act (Fireside Theatre). Justin would like to thank his family, friends and ALMA NYC for their support. 

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Justin Campbell

Joseph Fierberg is overjoyed to be dancing with ALMA! Joseph is a New York City based artist having toured across the globe with various productions. Favorites: A Chorus Line (New York City Center), Jerome Robbins’ Broadway (TUTS), Chasing Rainbows (Goodspeed), Disney’s The Little Mermaid (MUNY), as well as the nat’l/internat’l tours of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast and Elf. BFA: Syracuse University. Thank you to Zanza and the rest of the team for the opportunity to dance and create.

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Joseph Fierberg

Diane Meck is a New York City-based dancer, actor, singer, and choreographer. Credits include: A Chorus Line (Connie), Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Associate Choreographer), Mamma Mia, On the Town, In the Heights, ALMA NYC's "Homage - An Ode to Jazz Music & Dance," Broadway Barkada's "LUMIPAD," and two seasons with Todd Rosenlieb Dance Company. B.F.A. Jazz Dance Performance and Musical Theatre Minor, The University of the Arts.
www.dianemeck.com @ladydi_3

 

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Diane Meck

Julia Neveu graduated with honors from Dean College with a Bachelor of Arts in Dance and the university's first Theatre Minor. She is her immediate family's first college graduate. She made her Off-Broadway debut as Ulrike in Cherchez La Femme at La Mama ETC. Other performance credits include classical roles of The Sugar Plum Fairy, soloist roles with Octopodes Contemporary Dance in NYC and IMPACT Dance in Boston and numerous film, theatrical, and dance projects. 

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Julia Nuveu

Alex is a versatile dancer and performer from Barcelona (Spain) where he graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre as well as a BS in Biomedical Sciences. He has worked professionally in multiple dance companies and Musical Theatre productions in Spain. Alex recently moved to New York City, where he completed Broadway Dance Center's Professional Semester program focusing on Musical Theatre dance, as well as other styles like jazz, contemporary, street styles and tap.

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Alex Llorca

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Hannah joined ALMA in fall of 2016 with their video project “Rise”. She grew up dancing under her aunt’s instruction in the California Bay Area. She now has performed musical theatre regionally and internationally while teaching young students of her own in New York City through the National Asian Artists Project. Some of her favorite projects have been collaborative fusions of dance, theatre, and film. For more about her upcoming projects visit www.hannahbalagot.com

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Hannah Balagot